February 2009 Table of Contents

A Second Life for Professional Development
The evolution of the virtual world Second Life has
been nothing short of remarkable. Yet, its value as a
professional-development meeting place for the
mainstream education community is just beginning
to be appreciated. Follow this online pioneer for a
full tour.
By Peggy Sheehy

11 Tips for Better Laptop Learning
The goal of installing laptop programs is to increase
student learning in the classroom. Follow these
eleven tips to get the most learning out of your
By Jon Orech

One-to-One Veteran Advice
Just tossing computers at kids won’t make a 1:1
initiative successful. What you need is a more holistic
approach—a virtual learning network to which
students, teacher, and parents alike can connect.
Follow these strategies to make that happen.
By Kevin Goscha

Put to the Test: T&L Editors take some new products for a test drive.
NComputing X550
Epson DC-10s
Samsung UF-130DX Digital Presenter
Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One
Adaptive Curriculum: Science
Dukane AirSlate 3

Control Room
The latest in classroom response systems

What’s New
Polyvision’s eno whiteboard • Creative Learning Systems
Alternative Energy SmartLab • Fujitsu Computer Stylistic
ST6012 slate tablet PC • Lightspeed Systems Power Manager
• NewTek LiveSet Pack Volume 1 • PrivacyVault • Serif Digital
Photo Suite 2009 • SMART Notebook SE • SnapStream
Enterprise TV server * Stanford 10 Online • Vernier Logger
Lite • and more


Editor's Desk: Help Yourself—new opportunities for professional development

Next Big Thing: The SMART Table

How it's Done: The Science of Class Collaboration

Bob Sprankle says: Don’t be a sucker to scammers and Cheryl Oakes’ Facebook gets hacked.